A treatise on Ordnance and Armor ... With an appendix, by Alexander Lyman HOLLEY

A treatise on Ordnance and Armor ... With an appendix, by Alexander Lyman HOLLEY

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Life in the slum is strenuous and precarious. One reads in the paper of a mother on North Avenue giving away her baby that the rest of her children may live. Frequently babies are found in alleyways. A nurse at the Passavant Hospital on North La Salle tells of a dirty little gamin, brought in from Wells Street, whose toe had been bitten off by a rat while he slept. Many women from this neighborhood are in the maternity ward four times in three years. A girl, a waitress, living at the Albany Hotel on lower Rush Street, recently committed suicide leaving the brief note, "I am tired of everything.

These boats brought many supplies, and our only news from the outside world. In those days the great West Side, as we know it now, did not exist; and even the North Side seemed like a separate town because there were only one or two bridges connecting the two sides of the town. . ' THE SIXTIES In the decade and a half previous to the Civil War the city grew rapidly, and by r86o there were 29,922 persons living north of the river. During the years between 1850 and r86o nearly half of Chicago's increase in population was by foreign immigration; as it was, also, between r86o and 187o.

A development of a different nature is taking place along 'H. C. Chatfield-Taylor, Chicago, p. xo6. 42 THE GOLD COAST AND THE SLUM the central streets of the Near North Side, about Clark Street. These streets saw the first business development on the North Side, but have been overshadowed by the recent Michigan Avenue boom. The business along these streets is of such a nature as caters to the slum and transient populations: cheap hotels and theaters, pawnshops and second-hand stores, innumerable white-tile restaurants, barber shops, grocery stores, meat markets, and the like, with occasional office buildings south of Chicago Avenue.

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